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"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt.... If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
--Thomas Jefferson in 1798, on passage of the Sedition Act


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Sep. 27th, 2006 @ 12:40 pm McCain v. McCain
"Look, it’s despicable and the United Nations should not be used as that kind of forum."
-- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), 9/24/06, reacting to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's reference to President Bush as the devil

VERSUS

"I think he was joking. I’m -- from what I was told, he was laughing."
-- McCain, 9/24/06, reacting to Rev. Jerry Falwell's reference to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) as Lucifer
Hmmm. OK, so the United Nations is sacrosanct, while fellow Senators are fair game? Or is it not where the comments are made, but by whom? Or against whom?

Or--and this is just me going out on a limb here--do you think maybe, just maybe, McCain might have similarly defended Chavez' right to open expression if he were getting campaign $ from the Venezuelan government?

Apparently the reason it's the Straight Talk Express is, like the express train, it doesn't stop anywhere it's really needed.
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Keeping an eye on you
Sep. 27th, 2006 @ 11:26 am Story time with Dubya
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Sep. 27th, 2006 @ 11:20 am Democracy--the other white meat


(Don't think for a moment that I'm buying into the "duly elected" bit under Dubya's name, of course.)
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I'll explain later
Sep. 18th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm Not again -- from today's Progress Report
INTELLIGENCE -- MCCLATCHY REPORTERS WARN OF FAULTY IRAN INTELLIGENCE: McClatchy reporters Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott wrote Saturday about "an echo of the intelligence wars that preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq," as administration hard-liners "have tried recently to portray Iran's nuclear program as more advanced than it is." Editor & Publisher noted that "reports from Strobel, Walcott and others in the former [Knight-Ridder] Washington office, proved more skeptical and accurate than those from other leading news organizations in the pre-Iraq invasion push." The reporters wrote that officials from the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the State Department suspect Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumseld "may be receiving a stream of questionable information" from a discredited Iranian exile. The "dubious information may include claims that Iran directed Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, to kidnap two Israeli soldiers in July; that Iran's nuclear program is moving faster than generally believed; and that the Iranian people are eager to join foreign efforts to overthrow their theocratic rulers. ... The officials said there is no reliable intelligence to support any of those assertions and some that contradicts all three." Several former defense officials have also said "they've they've been told that plans for airstrikes -- if Bush deems them necessary -- are being updated." According to one U.S. counterterrorism official, "It seems like Iran is becoming the new Iraq."
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Sep. 3rd, 2006 @ 06:49 am Mindmap?

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Aug. 26th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm Had to share
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Aug. 26th, 2006 @ 09:14 pm One more
Over at the Globe, Robert Kuttner analyzes the Cheney presidency:
Bush's popularity ratings are now under 40 percent, . . . reflecting dwindling confidence in where he is taking the country. But Cheney's ratings are stuck around 20 percent, far below that of any president.

If Cheney were the actual president, not just the de facto one, he simply could not govern with the same set of policies and approval ratings of 20 percent. The media focuses relentless attention on the president, on the premise that he is actually the chief executive. But for all intents and purposes, Cheney is chief, and Bush is more in the ceremonial role of the queen of England.

Yet the press buys the pretense of Bush being "the decider," and relentlessly covers Bush -- meeting with world leaders, cutting brush, holding press conferences, while Cheney works in secret, largely undisturbed. So let's take half the members of the overblown White House press corps, which has almost nothing to do anyway, and send them over to Cheney Boot Camp for Reporters. They might learn how to be journalists again, and we might learn who is running the government.
Word.
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Keeping an eye on you
Aug. 26th, 2006 @ 09:04 pm And speaking of numbfuck Republicants
Katherine Harris says we need to demolish the separation of church and state:
"If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," Harris told interviewers from the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention. She cited abortion and same-sex marriage as examples of that sin.

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Harris told the journalists "we have to have the faithful in government" because that is God's will. Separating religion and politics is "so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers," she said.

"And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women," then "we're going to have a nation of secular laws. That's not what our Founding Fathers intended, and that certainly isn't what God intended."
Not for nothing, um, bitch, but if God "chooses our rulers," why do people like you need to be "actively involved in electing those godly men and women"? Do you really think God can't do it without you?

Followup: If you get your snide, bigoted, ostensibly-Christian ass kicked in November--as seems likely--does that mean God doesn't want you in Congress?

But hey, there's hope:
Ruby Brooks, a veteran Tampa Bay Republican activist, said Harris's remarks "were offensive to me as a Christian and a Republican."

"This notion that you've been chosen or anointed, it's offensive," Brooks said. "We hurt our cause with that more than we help it."
Yes, you do. Someone tell Dubya that, wouldja?
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Aug. 26th, 2006 @ 08:59 pm Shitty

As in, even after twelve years of the GOPnises playing the lowest, most divisive sort of politics, this turns my stomach.

Latest Republicant scare tactic:
Vote for us, or there'll be blacks and gays heading Congressional committees.

Like I said, shitty.

Gotta go yark now.

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Skarro institute of extermination
Aug. 24th, 2006 @ 07:55 am Astronomy news (no, really)
Pluto isn't a planet anymore.

In a related story, I still don't know what the fuck Goofy is.
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Physics